Star Trek Discovery

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  1. Trollbait

    Trollbait It's a D&D thing

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    If you can't find access to Discovery, I recommend The Orville. It is basically Star Trek in everything but name.
     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    Thanks.
    I'll look into it.

    Right now I only 'pay' for Prime.....but I'll put it on the 'watch' list!
     
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    S1:E1 was aired on TV. For the US, to see all the of the show, you'll need to subscribe to CBS All Access or pay per episode on places like iTunes Store.

    CBS All Access normally only does free 1 week trials but around Black Friday, they did a 1 month free trial (which wasn't the first time they did that). Maybe wait for them to do a free 1 month trial again?

    At the Vegas Trek convention I went to summer of last year, one of the actors (I believe Walter Koenig) kind of brought up the annoyance of people not being willing to pay for a for a month of a service that's equivalent of maybe 2 lattes at SBUX. I was amazed to meet some folks at the convention where just a single day's ticket on the cheapest day (which I wasn't at) was well beyond the price of a CBS AA month. Many folks, including myself traveled there from out of town and had to stay in hotels...
     
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    Hoping you do not mind my asking. are all this Star Trek continuances to expand Roddenberry's original thoughts (which exceeded financial framework at his TV time) or are they intended to explore wholly different places?

    Science fiction is (should be) big enough to go anywhere. Imagine what has been learned later, about stellar and planetary aspects of this galaxy. Should Star Trek continue to be our lens through which to view?

    Everything?
     
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    or should we just enjoy it as entertainment, if we do
     
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    SciFi has been around for a while, and people like Georges Méliès and indeed Gene Roddenberry have never been shy about making a buck or two off of it, and I salute them for it!
    However (comma!) just as I do not drive through a Starbucks every time I need some coffee, likewise I do not usually pay to watch a television show when there's a vast universe of things to explore in places like the youtubes, and an already paid-for Prime subscription.

    Gene was an interesting guy.
    He flew two iconic airplanes (B-17 and L-049 Connie) surviving three airplane crashes - two with fatalities and one serious enough to have a wiki entry.
    Following another 'incident' with PanAm, he left flying to do something a little safer - like being an LA motorcycle cop, although that was certainly more about geography than some lifelong desire to protect and serve.
    Gene Roddenberry was the first television writer to receive a star on the sidewalk in Hollywoodland, one of the first humans to have some of his ashes hauled into space and he has things like rocks and craters named after him.

    Star Trek Disco will be 'free-for-view' soon enough, and if I haven't joined Gene in what lies beyond, I'll give it try.
    I think they have 18 shows in the can and word on the street is that it will be worth the wait.
     
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    Borrowed season 1 blu-rays from my local library. Was pretty decent - I still enjoy The Expanse more though.
     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    Hmmmm.....
    Oh-oh. :eek:

    Somehow "Expanse" has escaped my noticing it, but I see that S1 is available on Prime, and it's in the 90-percentile on bad tomatoes.
    Maybe as soon as I finish Hollywood Guns....
     
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    Seasons 1-3 are available on Prime (I'd argue 1-2 are the best). SyFy dropped funding the show because of licensing issues with Alcon Entertainment and Amazon bought up worldwide rights (as far as I understand).
     
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    Anyone who recognized my avatar picture will understand my appreciation for oddball sci-fi. But hey, I like the mainstream stuff too.

    I've been reading the books the Expanse is based on. I've also seen S1-2 of the show and they are different, but both good. I hadn't realized the third series was out on prime, thanks for the tip.

    Personally I had the perception that the second show "Next Generation" was carefully cultivated to embrace and extend Roddenberry's social views in the same manner as the original show. I believe this was directly the result of Majel Barrett Roddenberry having some measure of creative control in the production.

    I did not get that feeling, at least not to the same degree, from any of the latter series I've sampled. Admittedly I didn't watch more than bits and pieces of them.

    Comparisons to Star Trek are inevitable given the sheer ubiquity of that body of work and its media descendants, but (fortunately I think) the continuing diffusion of media audiences is allowing much more creative space for other viewpoints. I liked where Neill Blomkamp was going with his last few tries.
     
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    Season 3 was literally just added to Prime since they picked up the series.

    Nissan R35 GT-R cameo in every one of his movies.
     
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    FYI: Free 3 months of CBS all-access with code VerizonUpCBS
     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    Hmmmm....
    I might have to see if those are available in audiobook format!

    Thanks for the idea!
     
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    You might wear out another Prius before hearing it all. James S.A. Corey isn't a person, it's the pen name for a writing team that churns it out by the pound. That isn't to say that it is bad... just... voluminous. On the other hand it is pretty fluffy stuff, easy to digest.
     
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    I'd argue that in terms of TV, The Expanse is probably the best "hard" sci-fi series in the past few years. I personally like the realistic portrayal of inertia in space.

    It replaced Defiance, which really just seemed like a soap opera with more makeup involved.
     
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    I watched the first few eps or maybe even the first season of Defiance. I thought it was decent but ummm... in the end not quite interesting enough to keep me coming back.

    As for ST: D, there's 'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Renewed for a Third Season | Entertainment Tonight.

    Yeah, it is kinda cool how they properly (or at least more properly) portray physics in space, esp. w/the burns w/the ships turned around to slow down.
     
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    Just placed Leviathan Wakes on hold, along with books 2&3.
    I'm sixth in line - so it will be a while, and whenever I have the chance to read a book before I watch it...I always take it.

    Expanse looks promising!
    It's popular and fairly lengthy.

    MANY Thanks for the tip!!!
     
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    It didn't help that it was easy to hate every one of the characters.
     
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    Star Trek Day | Star Trek mentions a bunch of panels on Sept 8th. I hope they'll be recorded as I need to work during the day and have some work meetings too.

    I stumbled across , as well.
     
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    The panels are up at CBS All Access - YouTube. I've watched the panels for Disco, TOS, Picard/TNG and Enterprise via YouTube.
     
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